MyBigCareer: an exciting new initiative in Careers Education and Guidance

MyBigCareer, a new charity founded under Deborah Streatfield’s leadership in September 2013, aims to go some way toward breaking down the barriers to social mobility by helping underprivileged young people realise their true potential through the delivery of one-to-one careers guidance.

The charity lists Dr Vincent Cable as Patron, and, although it is currently based in Hackney, East London, there are plans to expand, specifically into the Nottingham North area in September this year.

Philip Rogerson

Philip Rogerson
Director of Higher Education and Careers
Sherborne School

MyBigCareer offers tailored programmes to raise young people’s aspirations and support students as they progress onto further education, including university, or the workplace. As Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said in support of the charity, ‘There are few things more important than helping young people think through and prepare for the rest of their lives.’ The work is totally voluntary and there is no charge to schools; we consider the percentage of students qualifying for free school meals and pupil premium. Many of the schools have more than 60% of students qualifying for free school meals and almost all families are well below the £25k p.a. family income level.

Yet, in order to do this, MyBigCareer needs volunteers. Careers advisers based in the independent sector have invaluable knowledge and experience, when it comes to helping young people to find the right progression route, and the charity would dearly love to recruit more such careers advisers to volunteer their time and knowledge, in order to help disadvantaged young people at the schools supported by MyBigCareer. Please get in touch with Deborah Streatfield if you would be interested!

I have been involved in Higher Education guidance for the last 20 years and have been delighted to be involved in this important initiative by MyBigCareer to address what I consider to be the national scandal of inadequate support for many prospective university applicants. There is a huge demand out there, and anything you can offer will be welcomed by students and staff at the schools. Alongside, I have run a workshop for Gifted and Talented students at Stoke Newington School and conducted individual interviews at Cardinal Pole Catholic School, and I would encourage you to get involved: quite apart from the potential benefits to the students, your exposure to a broader context will improve your support to students in your own school and will endear you to a Senior Management keen to defend its charitable status.

Philip Rogerson
Director of Higher Education and Careers
Sherborne School

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